Twice-traded D-Ro voted MLS' best
Dwayne De Rosario was voted Major League Soccer's Most Valuable Player for the 2011 season despite playing for three diffferent clubs during the campaign, the league announced on Friday.
The 33-year-old Canadian midfielder began the season with Toronto FC, was transferred to the New York Red Bulls after three games and then traded in June to DC United, which failed to qualify for the play-offs.
De Rosario led MLS in scoring with 16 goals, 13 of them coming in 18 games for United, and made the set-up passes on 12 other goals during the season.
De Rosario became the first MVP in North American sports history to play on three different clubs during the season he received the award. He was also the first MLS Most Valuable Player whose team failed to reach the playoffs.
Voting by players, club officials and media decided the winner. De Rosario received a combined 72.7 per cent of the vote from the three groups with Houston's Brad Davis second at 43.6 per cent. Brek Shea of Dallas was third with Landon Donovan of LA GAlaxy fourth.
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